October 7, 2011

Day Not Wasted

24x32cm, Montval paper, Watercolor

Two new paintings today. And two photos made 3 weeks ago.
I liked painting swans this time. My usual inclination for bold colors and loud contrasts was swapped for tender cools and warms on swans's bodies. I liked the result. 
20x40cm, Daler-Rowney paper, Watercolor

The greens in the landscape were inspired by Jane Dobie's chart of greens and aimed to train patience, to help paper to dry till the right condition (though patience is not my strong feature for sure).

Apples are always the obsession and temptation, I think you agree. Right, Judy?))

Fantastic game of the sun with smoke from the grill's fire.


  1. The swans are very lovely and soft! And the apples... fantastic photo! You are going to paint them, are you??

  2. Hello Irina,
    beautiful watercolors, the swans, the landscape ...
    Delicious apples, beautiful!
    a hug

  3. Hi Irina, Most excellent paintings!!! I especially like the colorful swans although the landscape very cool as well. Greens drive me nuts and I use pre-mixed oils. I haven't learned (or I have forgotten) which blue and which yellow makes which greens. aaaaaargh. :-)

    Keep up the good work. I'm trying to make some glare-free photos of my latest paintings. double aaaaaargh!


  4. Love the swans. Excellent mood and technique. Or perhaps I should say that the mood was create by the technique.

  5. pleasing work!

    Aloha from Honolulu;

    Comfort Spiral

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  6. Very good both the swans and the landscape, and the apples look delicious:-) .

  7. I really like your swans Irina. Generally I do not paint animals, but looking at your nice watercolor I would like to try. Have a nice week end! Ciao.

  8. The smoke is beautiful!

    I enjoy your blog, and I have awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award.

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  9. You're paintings are wonderful!!
    I wish I had such amazing talent in art like you.
    The water is fantastically painted, and the colors of the swans were nicely picked. The photos were great too!
    I envy you! :D

  10. Hi,Irina,
    Lovely paintings. Keep up your work and enjoy them all.
    Best wishes,Sadami

  11. This work is very nice and colorful, you are a great artist Irina.

    warm greetings and thanks for your comments.


  12. Judy, apples are great idea, just how to find time??
    Antonio, thank you so much!
    Ken, thank you! Jane Dobie's book about colors is great help with greens' study.
    Dave, thank you so much!
    Cloudia, thank you!
    Jane, you are so kind!
    Tito, thank you. I am crazy about birds, actually.
    Louise, thank you so much!
    Emiko, thank you so much and welcome!
    Sadami, thank you!
    Joop, you are so kind, thank you!

  13. You had a great day with both paintings. I like the compositions of both pieces.


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